Next Bourne Movie's Non-Bourne Lead Could Be... (Almost Anyone)

February 25, 2011

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After serving as screenwriter for all three Bourne films, Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy has at last been handed the keys to the franchise and given the chance to make a Bourne all his own. Kudos, Tony Gilroy. One caveat to that, though: Matt Damon is out, and with him goes the character of Jason Bourne, making this not that much of a Bourne movie after all. Instead, Variety promises, we're going to see "a new assassin with a similar background"--you know, just another killer psychogenic amnesiac--on screen, and Universal is already lining up actors to potentially play That's So Bourne. According to the trade, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Kellan Lutz are all up for the part, while Deadline adds Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker to the list. So, basically, anyone you could ever imagine playing a Bourne guy is up for the part. As is Paul Dano.

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